Slow And Steady: The Walking Dead Season 7 Review

Slow And Steady: The Walking Dead Season 7 Review

There is more to come.
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The Walking Dead’s seventh season drew to a close on March 2 after an entire season episodes that sent the ratings plummeting. Since the much anticipated Lucille scene in the season six finale and the introduction of the equally anticipated and iconic comic book villain, Negan, viewership has been dwindling down to an all time “five year low” according to forbes.com with the season seven finale. Despite the flaws in the seventh season, it is doing a fairly decent job at building up the pace, if only viewers were patient.

The season started off in October with the introduction of Negan which lead to fan favorites being murdered brutally by the beloved bat, Lucille. It was coined one of the most brutal scenes in Walking Dead history and even received some complaints because of the graphic intensity of the kills. Fans were met with disdain for Negan’s presence and quickly wanted team Family to take him out, however throughout the next couple episodes, realized it was not going to happen so quick. Negan had truly “ruled the roost”.

Over the course of the next few episodes in season seven a, team family bends to Negan’s will by allowing him to confiscate half of their supplies in return for protection, although Negan does more harm than good. The viewers are introduced to new factions including fan favorites Shiva and Ezekiel from Kingdom, and Oceanside, which was also newly introduced to comic readers as it was only mentioned briefly in regards to Michonne. Ironically, the new information and faction was also given in a filler episode, which held the lowest ratings.

Many viewers found that the season had been slow, and it was not hard to find comments regarding negative reactions to the number of scenes regarding the Saviors or Negan in general. That being said, there were also a number of reactions saying that Negan was the highlight of season seven entirely, proving his character is doing just what it was created for- to stir the crowed.

It’s not until the mid season finale that Rick and team family gather the strength to fight Negan, and create an army to lead into the infamous All Out War comic book story arc, which was the premise of the season finale.

Robert Kirkman, the show’s creator, had confirmed prior to the finale that it would not leave on quite the same note as season six, but still with a cliffhanger, as well as give the audience a taste of different emotions all in the same hour and twenty five minutes. Of all seven finale’s, season seven is at the top of the list simply for that reason. It gives the audience a taste of the upcoming season in a way that puts the viewer in the middle of the war where no one has one quite yet. It leaves the audience just as eager as the season six finale without having to wait too long and have a secret spoiled, and it launched the show forward from it’s former build up and into war.

While many viewers found the season dull, as an avid comic reader, I found it to be a good choice not to rush into the war storyline. There were slow moments, some moments could have been used better elsewhere, but the end result was a fantastic shift in pace that sets the proper tone. That being said, there are a few things that are important to remember about shows like The Walking Dead.

The first thing is that it is impossible to have action packed episodes every week. Slow and steady paced episodes benefit the season more in the end than a never ending amount of battles. Episodes fans may claim to be boring often lend to vital information that may be used in future arcs. Although I was not a fan of Swear, the episode did foreshadow the help Oceanside would be lending towards the All Out War arc in season eight.

The second thing is that character deaths are bound to happen. Yes, even fan favorites, and even those that some may think are too good to die. If we are to only count for Team Family, season seven has delivered the most main character deaths to date, and they all come together to form a bigger story. Although the fanbase may be disappointed their favorite is gone, there would be no fun in a show where everyone is safe.

The last thing to remember is that there is more to come. While the viewership and ratings may be low this season, The Walking Dead is still one of the most popular series on television to date, and if the show runs as long as the comics have, we, as the fans, have much to look forward to.

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.
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The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:


“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:

“FISH STICK! I NAMED HIM FISH STICK BECAUSE HE'S A FISH STICK, OF COURSE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 59)

When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:


"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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I can't wait till these movies come out. Going to the movies during summer is a great escape from the heat, giving you a few hours in the air conditioning while enjoying a big tub of popcorn.

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